Women's Basketball Wins 65-64 At VCU

James Madison junior guard Tarik Hislop's (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) 12-foot jumper with 1:09 left lifted the Dukes to a 65-64 win at Virginia Commonwealth in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Sunday afternoon at the Siegel Center.

The Dukes won their fourth in a row to improve their overall record to 19-5. JMU maintained sole possession of second place in the CAA with an 11-3 record.

VCU's record stands at 14-10 overall and 7-6 in league play.

Hislop, who tied her season high with seven assists, finished with 12 points and was one of four Dukes to score in double figures. Sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) led JMU with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) added 13 on 6-of-12 shooting, and senior forward Kiara Francisco (Lakeland, Fla./Winter Haven) added 10 points off the bench on 4-for-8 shooting.

JMU junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) led the Dukes with nine rebounds, including a defensive rebound on a VCU miss with 35.6 seconds remaining.

VCU senior forward Courtney Hurt led all players with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Andrea Barbour was the only other Ram scoring in double figures with 16.

The game had 14 lead changes and three ties, and the lead changed hands eight times in the final nine minutes.

VCU held its largest lead of the day, 56-52, with 6:31 to play, but JMU outscored the Rams 13-8 in the final 6:09. Francisco scored the first five of those 13, Hislop scored six, and Burkholder scored two.

After Hislop hit a 15-foot jumper at 2:20 to give JMU a 63-60 advantage, VCU reclaimed the lead when senior center Chelsea Snyder scored on a short jumper at 2:01 and sophomore guard/forward Robyn Parks hit a layup at 1:26, putting the Rams up 64-60.

Following Hislop's jumper that put JMU ahead 65-64, a 10-foot baseline jumper by Snyder hit the rim, and Newman grabbed the rebound with 35.6 seconds left. JMU used up most of the 30-second shot clock before a Hislop 3-point attempt missed and was rebounded by Barbour. The Rams failed to get a shot off before time expired.

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